August 24th, 2012
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden's Tampa visit canceled due to storm

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's plans to campaign in Tampa, Florida, on Monday alongside the Republican National Convention have been canceled, his campaign said Friday, as the city braces for a tropical storm that could impact the convention there.

"This change in schedule is being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm, as well as those attending the activities in Tampa," the Obama-Biden campaign said in a statement.

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The campaign did not cancel Tuesday events in Orlando and St. Augustine.

Tropical Storm Isaac was approximately 90 miles south-southeast of the capital of Haiti on Friday evening, and the latest forecasts show it staying west of Tampa and not reaching hurricane strength until Monday.

Convention officials, as well as Florida's governor and Tampa's mayor, said the convention and host city were prepared for the storm.

Biden's Tampa appearance was to be part of a Democratic effort to "bracket" the GOP convention.

– CNN’s Gregory Wallace and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Joe Biden
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Brian Dodge

    All six major measures of Arctic sea ice have reached record lows, a month ahead of the normal date of minimum. Wanna bet whether Isaac turns to be more powerful than "expected"? Biden probably has some inside info from NASA/GISS.

    August 24, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. John

    Sure it was the storm that caused him to cancel his trip. Or maybe they don't want him to embarrass this administration anymore than he already has.

    Seems like everyone else is able to fly in just fine.

    August 24, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    SAFETY FIRST!!! The Republicans should do the same – LOL!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 24, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. george

    Probably worried he wouldn't know what state he was in..

    August 24, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Obama's mistake in politics is that he is too considerate of the other party. It's only brought him grief! He needs to play hardball. Republicans would cut your throat if they could get to you.

    August 25, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  6. Jobless recovery

    Ah the joe. Absolute waste of air, absolute retard, another nauseating liberal moron.They ALL make me cringe. ICK! EEGAD! Theyre like toddlers with a big stinky load in their drawls. The problem is they sit over their own fecal matter for at least six minutes per day

    August 25, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  7. S. Thomas Thompson

    Obama's pollsters told them it was a dumb thing to do. The voters are getting tired of the dirty tricks of the Obama campaign. The focus groups must have made that clear. Otherwise, Gaffman would be there with bells on!

    August 25, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Me

    Seems Biden has taken the fair weather, finger in the wind political model quite literally.

    August 25, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  9. pat

    I am pretty sure that the GOP wishes the Dems send in this clown.

    August 25, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  10. jonny

    Good riddance, plugs Biden had no reason to be down here anyway

    August 25, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  11. Catmman

    So. The Democrats realized Tampa could only handle one disaster at a time.

    August 25, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. paul

    VP Joe Biden is bad because no one respects him.

    August 25, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. FedUp

    Oh, so the Republicans can show up,but Biden can't? Guess they are pretty sure of Florida.

    August 25, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Norma Vessels

    Stay away from the storm, Vice President Biden. We need you safe. You're very important to us. I hope the storm passes away from Tampa, and the convention, and I want all to be safe from it. No convention, no speeches, no appearances are too important to put someone, anyone in danger. Take care.

    August 25, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Pete

    See Democrates care,they said for peoples safety and well being they'll come back another day,they don't want peoples lives in peril just to see Biden,to him its not worth it..Good show Mr Biden,at least the adults are thinking of others as not the republicans.They're self centered ,ignorent minions that would step in front of a tidal wave to get radical messages across,that's their ignorence and it'll be of just that of their downfall politically,wait and see,its happening already...It's that inherient republican disease ,foot in mouth and its spreading like wildfire!!!

    August 25, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |